KLEIN, TX – The Klein ISD Therapeutic Education Program (TEP) is requesting donations and sponsorship for two holiday events. The TEP Auction and Open House is scheduled for Dec. 11. The Annual Holiday Season Party is set for Dec. 18. These events are the biggest fundraisers of the year for this program.
TEP serves grades K through 12 in a comprehensive program that includes specific special education categories. The program’s goal is to reintegrate students into their local home school. TEP is committed to helping all students acquire the academic, social and behavioral skills necessary for improving general education participation. The staff, students, parents, and guardians believe that students have the right to learn these skills in a safe, structured, and therapeutic environment.
Please help provide a festive holiday party for all TEP students by donating items or making monetary contributions for this year’s auction and party. Donations must be received by Dec. 14, 2015, and all proceeds benefit the holiday party and other special events throughout the year. Contact Marsha Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (832) 249-4115 for more information.
KLEIN, TX – Research has shown that children do not have ample opportunities to freely create, so an exciting new program was developed in order to bring creative opportunities back into children’s lives. Makerspace, a new movement in education, provides children with the opportunity to celebrate science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics through hands-on activities. Students are encouraged to use out-of-the-box thinking when they draw, build, share, and collaborate on different projects.
Last year, Brill Elementary School earned a $23,015 Lead the Spark Grant from the Klein ISD Education Foundation. The campus was inspired by the Makerspace program to transform their library into an active learning commons area. First-grade teacher, Stacy Teer, visited various Makerspace sites and attended training seminars at this year’s Texas Technology Conference. Teer used these experiences to help create what is now Brill’s stimulating learning commons.
“We have active learning in our classrooms and it’s now brought here in the learning commons, which is the center of our school,” Dayna Hernandez, Brill Elementary principal said. “We have our librarian, we have teachers, we have students, we have co-teachers, all simultaneously collaborating to make learning fun and engaging.”
Brill’s learning commons area within the school’s library is nurturing the imaginations of students and fostering the joy and excitement inherent in the learning process.
“It’s just such a great thing to see this transformation happening not only in our learning commons, but spreading out in all of our classrooms,” Hernandez added.
to view a video of the library.
KLEIN, TX – Yvonne Clarke, Klein ISD assistant health services coordinator, earned the 2015 Texas School Nurses Organization’s Sunny Thomas Memorial Award. This award honors Sunny Thomas, a nurse who blended the nursing and education disciplines in order to fortify school nursing in Texas. She encouraged nurses to branch out of the clinic and become leaders in their school districts. Each year, this prestigious award is presented to one outstanding nurse from the state of Texas.
“I’m very honored to have received this award because it’s for the entire state of Texas,” Yvonne said. “Winning this award allows me to attend the National Association of School Nurses Conference in Indianapolis in 2016.”
The award includes a $1,000 stipend, which covers Clarke’s trip to Indianapolis where she will attend informative seminars and bring stimulating ideas back to the Klein ISD. Congratulations to Clarke for receiving this prestigious award.
KLEIN, TX – The 2015 season of District 15-6A high school volleyball has concluded and Klein ISD teams came out on top. The undefeated Klein Oak volleyball team finished in first place with a perfect 14-0 record. Klein Collins took second place while Klein High claimed third place. The district is proud of these student-athletes and coaches for their hard work and dedication.
KLEIN, TX – Ulrich Intermediate School is joining forces with the Sports Management Graduate Program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) to raise money and collect toys for Texas Children’s Hospital patients. This is the eighth year that SHSU has conducted this toy drive and the faculty, staff, and students from Ulrich are honored to be a part of this endeavor. Toys for donation may be dropped off at Ulrich through Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. All donated toys will go directly to the children at the hospital.
On Dec. 9, 2015, Ulrich Student Council sponsor, Coach Sarah Eaton and math teacher Colleen Salinas from Ulrich will assist SHSU students in personally delivering toys to children undergoing treatment at the hospital.
“We are very excited to represent our school for these special moments in the lives of the children going through treatments,” Eaton said.
For more information about the drive, contact the campus at (832) 375-7500.
On Nov. 2, 2015, at Klein High School, State Rep. Patricia Harless was presented with an ornament designed by three Klein High seniors. The ornament will hang on a 20-foot, Texas-grown Christmas tree in the Capitol’s House Chamber for the public to view from Dec. 4, 2015, until Jan. 3, 2016.
For the last seven years, during the holiday season, members of the Texas House of Representatives have been invited to create an original ornament that represents what makes their district unique. Two years ago, Rep. Harless enhanced this tradition by inviting high school students to contribute their talents to this popular program.
Gracie Mikel, Sarah Horton, and Emma Gehring spent three weeks creating an ornament that honors local law enforcement. The imaginative seniors decorated the outside of the ornament with three decals depicting the shields of the Klein ISD Police Department, Harris County Precinct 4 Constables Office and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. A white bow tops the orb which is filled with blue and red flower petals. The police crests are connected with a blue ribbon.
“We wrote in blue and gold paint, to say ‘thank you,’” stated Gehring.
When asked why it was important to feature law enforcement, Horton answered, “Law enforcement does so much. They keep us safe and they’re so important to society.”
“My dad is a Harris County Sergeant, and it’s just really important to me that we were able to do this, honoring all of the things that not only he does, but the people he works with [do, also]” said Mikel.
The Klein ISD Police Chief David Kimberly, Harris County Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman, as well as other members of law enforcement joined Rep. Harless in a Klein High art class led by teacher Dee Burgess. There the ornament was unveiled for the first time and presented to Rep. Harless.
Klein ISD is proud of Mikel, Horton, and Gehring for thoughtfully paying tribute to our local law enforcement and for their outstanding representation of our district and community. To view a video from the event, click here
Jeffrey Bailey, Ulrich Intermediate principal was recently selected by the K-12 educational administration program at Texas A&M University as the 2015 recipient of the Paul R. Hensarling Distinguished Graduate Student award in Educational Administration. This award recognizes current and former students who demonstrate potential for significant scholarly contributions while also committing themselves in large part to leading public schools. Bailey will be honored at the Administrative Leadership Institute banquet held on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, at Texas A&M.
Klein ISD students competed at the Region II 6-A Cross Country Championships in Arlington, Texas in late October. Two student athletes qualified state: Connor Cooke (Klein Collins) finished 19th overall and 6th individually and Caleb Pickett (Klein High) finished 20th overall and 7th individually. Serena Montgomery (Klein High) narrowly missed qualifying for state finishing 31st overall and 12th individually. Regional team results are listed below:
Girls’ Team Results: Klein High-9th Place
Klein Oak-16th Place
Boys’ Team Results: Klein High-7th Place
Klein Oak-11th Place
The unofficial results from the Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2015, election for three seats on the Klein ISD Board of Trustees indicate that Bill Pilkington, Steve Szymczak, and Ronnie Anderson were elected to Positions 3, 4, and 5 respectively.
In Position 3, Pilkington, who was first elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees in 2012, ran opposed by three candidates and received 5,530 votes (42.64 percent). He is a partner with the CPA firm Bentley, Bratcher & Associates, and graduated from Texas A&M University with degrees in accounting and finance. He and his wife, Marva, have been residents of the Klein ISD for more than 18 years. They have two children who both attend Klein ISD schools.
In Position 4, Szymczak, who was first elected in 2003, drew 12,189 votes (100 percent). Steve graduated from the University of Missouri in St. Louis with a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He is a product line manager for Baker Hughes. Steve and his wife Tricia are the parents of six children, all of whom graduated from Klein Oak High School.
In Position 5, Anderson, who was first elected to the Klein ISD Board of Trustees in 2009, received 12,376 votes (100 percent). Since 1974, he attended Klein schools and graduated from Klein High School where he met his wife, Tracie. The couple has two sons. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University. Ronnie is a partner and Vice President of Marketing and Technology for the Frontline Group.
Official results from the election will be canvassed and members will be sworn in during the Monday, Nov. 16, 2015, Board of Trustees' meeting.
The fifth annual Claus Market takes place on Nov. 5-7, 2015, at the Klein ISD Multipurpose Center located at 7500 FM 2920, Klein TX 77379. The market is a three-day shopping event. Merchants from the greater Houston area and beyond showcase the latest trends in apparel, accessories, jewelry, clothing, holiday gifts, home and garden décor, and gourmet foods.
During this event, items will be collected for the Claus Project to help the students of Klein ISD.
The Claus Project
started in Gleannloch Farms to help community members in need. For the first two years, coats were donated to the neighborhood elementary schools, but with so many generous donations it was time to grow.
The Claus Project reached out to Cindy Doyle, the director of community relations and Klein ISD Education Foundation
and discovered that the schools needed more than just coats. The following items will be accepted for donation:
• Socks for all ages (new or in original packaging only)
• Underwear for elementary age (new or in original packaging only)
• Coats (New or Used)
• Sweaters (solid colors without any labels, logos, embroidery or design showing)
• Polo Style Shirts (solid colors without any labels, logos, embroidery or design work)
• Sweat Shirts (No Hoodies, solid colors, without any labels, logos, embroidery or design work)
• Shoes (New and solid color)
For more information about the Claus Market or the Claus Project benefiting the students of the Klein ISD, contact Leanne Donelson at 713.504.9789.